Breathing easier at the end of the day

Fifteen minutes ago I heard grown-up voices and the intermittent cry of a child from the waiting area. It certainly is taking a long time to process the last patient of the day. There must be a glitch of some kind. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Art of Medicine column — Breathing easier at the end of the day — recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Please note that all of my previously published Humane Medicine pieces can now be accessed here.

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“Notes from a Healer” — Attachments

The little girl’s chest sounds like a deranged sonata of squeaks and whistles. She’s breathing fast — somewhere between 40 and 50 times a minute — with see-sawing motions of her belly and chest. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a HealerAttachments — is now online, newly published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine is an online journal fostering discussion about the culture of medicine, medical care, and experiences of illness. Interested readers can access a list of editorial board members and regular contributors here.

Humane Medicine — Horse sense

There is an old adage in medical practice: when you hear hoof beats, think of horses, not zebras. In other words, any given clinical presentation will more than likely turn out to be a common disorder. In primary care medicine, esoteric diagnoses are relatively rare.

But sometimes when the sound of hoof beats returns in rapid succession, the clinician would do well to consider the possibility of a zebra in the forest. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Humane Medicine columnHorse sense: Recognizing a rare diagnosis in primary care — recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Humane Medicine December 2012

“Notes from a Healer” — Would It Weren’t So

Should — like would and could — is merely a remnant of the subjunctive tense in our modern tongue.  As is the case with other archaic words in the lexicon, confusion sometimes arises with their use. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a Healer — Would It Weren’t So — is now online, newly published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine is an online journal fostering discussion about the culture of medicine, medical care, and experiences of illness. Interested readers can access a list of editorial board members and regular contributors here.